Grand concerts for the Grand Prix: Jay-Z, Muse and Amr Diab to perform in AD
The 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a complete sell-out for the fifth year in a row, organisers announced on Tuesday, with more than 55,000 fans from more than 80 countries set to attend the event.
“Achieving our fifth consecutive sell-out with increased capacity is a major milestone and testament to both the broad appeal of the event as well as the Abu Dhabi welcome that we extend to our customers,” said Richard Cregan, chief executive officer of Yas Marina Circuit.
“It’s going to be an outstanding weekend and we are looking forward to welcoming fans from all corners of the globe for our fifth anniversary.”
International motorsport fans from countries as far away as Venezuela and New Zealand account for more than 40 per cent of the sell-out crowd for the November 1-3 event.
Closer to home, fans from the UAE and wider GCC region will also be well represented across all ticket categories, which this year will see an additional 5,000 customers across new ticket products such as Abu Dhabi Hill, Grand Prix Brunch and The Lounge.
Abu Dhabi GP organisers have also confirmed that this year’s race weekend will have the distinctly local feel that makes it such a special experience for international and domestic visitors alike.
Among the celebrations of local spirit and culture during Grand Prix weekend will be a Heritage and Culture Village in the North Oasis.
Showcasing traditional Emirati culture and arts, the village will include traditional Emirati performances, falconry displays by the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, live cooking demonstrations, henna and handicrafts.
Elsewhere, an F1 Oasis with motorsport-themed activities and entertainment is designed with Formula 1 fans in mind, while a South Beach-themed South Oasis offers attractions such as surfing and a tropical chill-out area for fans to relax in.
Also adding local flavour to the weekend is the addition of an Arabic After-Race concert on October 31, featuring Elissa, Amr Diab and local singer Hussain Al Jassmi. The three Arabic stars join an international line-up that includes Jay-Z on November 1, Muse on November 2 and Depeche Mode on November 3.
On-track, fans can also expect an action-packed weekend with GP2, GP3 and Porsche Mobil Supercup confirmed as support races to the Grand Prix.
In anticipation of the influx of fans this week, Yas Marina Circuit is launching an information campaign that will see the wide distribution of customer service guides as well as full-page advertisements detailing useful information such as transportation and opening times. Fans can also text ‘F1map’, ‘F1transport’ or ‘F1timetable’ to 6060 to immediately receive information on their phones.